It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD.Isaiah 2:2-5
In the darkest days of winter, we dream of summer, knowing it will come with lighter mornings and warming sun. But in the darkness, we so often see in our world it’s harder to see the light of hope, while we know summer will return, do we truly believe peace will come? Can we picture a world where children are not imprisoned, innocents are not slaughtered, and our world leaders are not motivated by power or greed?
Isaiah asks us to believe just that, that in the last days the world will be different, and there will be peace.
Right here, right now, that peace may seem distant, even impossible, but still we dream of it, long for it. We live in hope, hope that one day the world will walk in the light of the Lord and learn war no more. If we believed the dark of the winter would last forever, we would only prepare for winter, but we know the summer will come, so we buy summer clothes and plan our holidays.
Believing that the day of the Lord will come, and the world will live in peace we must prepare for that peace, work for that peace both within ourselves and in our relationships with others. We are called to live his way, speak his words of peace and shine a light into the darkness of this world bringing hope to others.
Let’s pray: Lord of light we pray that when the darkness seems endless, we may see your light shining through. When the violence seems unstoppable, we may hear your message of peace and when our lives seem hopeless, we may find our hope in you. Amen